Now in its 50th year, the UK’s Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards celebrate the UK’s most popular presenters and programmes, including soap operas, daytime magazine entertainment and specialist shows.
As many of the winners are back on viewers’ screens the next day, coverage of the awards is required not only for big screens at the star-studded lunch event held at London’s Grosvenor House, but also as a broadcast ready package to be slotted into the following day’s programming.
SXS Events took responsibility for all live production at the event, as well as delivering the highlights packages required for broadcasters. “We have to strike the entire production in 90 minutes, and that includes clearing the floor post show, so in reality, it’s a 60 minute turnaround,” explains David Grey, creative director, SXS Events.
“We tackled this at the outset through our designs for both the awards’ set construction and a portable production, rack based system, built around Blackmagic Design. Putting the work in during the planning and design phase helped to streamline our rig and de-rig time considerably.”
Three URSA Broadcast cameras paired with Canon broadcast lenses captured the award ceremony, with a rack operator at FoH controlling two units at the rear of the room and one on the balcony. A third camera was shoulder mounted and positioned in the stage pit to provide close ups on the winners. The main program mix for a 4.5x3m LED video wall was cut on an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K, and then an auxiliary bus was used to deliver a transmission (TX) record mix, which featured additional wide angles and interviews with the award winners.
“The TX was captured on HyperDeck Studio Pro, clipped immediately post show, and despatched out to ITV to be wrapped into its breakfast and daytime shows,” David explains. “The URSA Broadcast has really found a place at the core of our productions. The image quality is stunning for our big screen live productions, and national broadcasters are then taking our event content and running it without batting an eyelid.”